Keuka College Claims First NEAC Senior Woman Administrators' Cup

Keuka College Claims First NEAC Senior Woman Administrators' Cup

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced Keuka College as the recipient of the NEAC Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup, which annually recognizes community service completed by conference institutions. This marks the first individual cup for the Wolves since the change in format to the Presidents’ Cup in 2014-15.

The Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup serves as one component of the NEAC Presidents’ Cup. The conference determines four individual cup winners in academics, athletics, sportsmanship and community service to encompass the NCAA Division III philosophy. Cup winners will be announced each day this week with the culminating announcement of the NEAC Presidents’ Cup recipient scheduled for Friday.

“One of the most important aspects of the NEAC and Division III athletics is the opportunity to develop student-athletes both in and out of the athletic arena through character building experiences such as community service,” said Alena Anthony, Cazenovia College Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) and Chair of the NEAC SWAs. “The student-athletes at Keuka College have truly embraced the importance of influencing those around them as role models and mentors of the highest caliber through their extensive community service work.”

Complete results for the 2017-18 NEAC Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup 

The Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup is determined by the community service activities of each full-member institution during the 2017-18 academic year. A blind vote is conducted with the SWA from each institution ranking the community service activities of each full-member institution. Each institution also receives a ranking in three separate categories: total dollars raised, total number of participants, and total number of volunteer hours. The three rankings are added to the ranking from the SWA vote to produce a total score, with the lowest score earning the top spot in the cup standings.

Keuka College earned its first Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup by ranking first in three of the four categories and finishing with seven total points. The Wolves raised $8,960 to lead all NEAC schools in total dollars raised while also leading the league with 810 participants. In addition to finishing first in the SWA vote, Keuka College placed fourth with 1,686 volunteer hours.

“Community service has always been a backbone of education at Keuka College,” said Dave Sweet, Keuka College Director of Athletics. “We are excited to have won this award and are appreciative of what our student-athletes have done for our local community.”

“One of the most under-recognized elements of campus life is the dedication many campuses and athletic departments give to community service to provide a huge benefit to their own campuses and the communities to which they belong,” said Candice Murray, NEAC Commissioner. “This year, we recognize Keuka College for their top ranking and we thank their entire athletic department for providing so many meaningful contributions to the community and the world!”

Given Keuka College’s rural location, student-athletes have the opportunity to make an immediate impact in service projects. That impact served as a focus of the athletic department during the 2017-18 year with student-athletes helping throughout the county and getting involved in projects that touched their own lives.

“This year, we put an emphasis on what it means to belong to a community and the importance of giving back,” shared Michelle Wojnar, Keuka College SWA. “We live in a small town and by being a Keuka College student you are automatically immersed into the Penn Yan community. We challenged our student-athletes to give back in a meaningful way. It’s not about the number of hours put in but more about the ongoing impact of these student-initiated efforts that make me most proud of Keuka College student-athletes.”

Penn College finished second in the SWA Cup with a total of nine points. The Wildcats ranked first with 2,502 hours of service, second with 688 participants and fourth in dollars raised with $4,683. Morrisville State College rounded out the top three after raising $6,436.06 and completing 1,709 hours of service. The Mustangs also had 595 participants during last academic year.

With 14 institutions serving others throughout the year, NEAC schools raised a total of $35,667.04 in 2017-18. In addition to the significant amount of monetary donations, NEAC institutions had 5,188 total participants and completed 13,891 hours of community service.

“The NEAC is so proud to be able to recognize the work that our student-athletes have done throughout the region,” Murray added. “We truly believe this is such an important element of being a Division III student-athlete and we are pleased to see such a tremendous dedication to service throughout the conference.”

The week-long NEAC Presidents’ Cup series will continue Wednesday with the announcement of the Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.